Review by: Mut Asheru
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a heady dive into emotions that cascades softly into a full-blown love take down. The romance between Elio Perman (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver, (Armie Hammer) is not the only love story you’ll find in this film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Camera angles, soundtrack and cinematic landscape all play a vital role in this rich tale that will leave you affected deep in your core.
Set in the north of Italy circa 1983, Elio is a mature 17-year-old who spends his days chilling in the villa filled with his friends and family. Romance of some sort is starting to blossom between him and his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel) then lo-and-behold into his life walks the handsome and charismatic scholar Oliver. Oliver shows up as the summer intern set to help Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlberg) with his work in Greco-Roman culture. All of the characters are filled with a humanistic sensuality that is beautiful to watch unfold as they fill up the screen.
This film is not a fast paced reveal. It’s a slow inner torture that requires your attention and honesty. If you like your love in a hurry you had best slow down. You’ll have to allow yourself to sink in and be carried along the warm waves of rich cinematography and scripting that is so deliciously effected by this cast.
*Opens Dec 22nd at the Angelika Theaters